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Pope Benedict XVI: “with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome”

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For anyone seriously concerned with his “legacy”, the surprise announcement by Pope Benedict XVI, of his intention to renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome “as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours”, deserves a more considered approach.  For example, following on from his initial response, at the Telegraph Blogs Damian Thompson reproduces the Catholic more…

Vatican moves against turbulent Irish priest…

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Colm Kelpie has a few examples of why the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith acted to close down Father Tony Flannery’s column in the Redemptorist’s Reality magazine. – “Many of us priests are very frustrated with the way the Vatican conducts its business.” – “To hear someone in the position of the Taoiseach more…

Vatican Church and State: Whichever’s the more convenient?

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Observing the kerfuffle down South about the closure of the Irish Embassy in Vatican City, my old joke came back to mind: Now you Holy See him, now you don’t. One minute, Benedict XVI is a Head of State, like the emperor Akihito, Bashir Assad or George W. Obama. Then, in an instant, shazam!, he’s more…

Irish Government to close Vatican Embassy

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As the BBC reports The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore made the announcement with “greatest regret” on Thursday. He said that the closure was part of government cost cutting plans. Mr Gilmore added that although the embassy to the Holy See was one of the Republic’s oldest missions, it yielded no “economic return”. more…

Anti-Irish upsurge predicted in Britain over Pope’s poaching

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Rathfriland farmer’s son Francis Campbell, (seen above giving British diplomatic uniform a rare outing), until recently British ambassador to the Holy See,  is one of the latest to appear in WikiLeaks, warning of possible serious consequences of the Pope’s clumsy offer to receive dissident Anglicans into the Roman Catholic Church. Campbell told Noyes ( a US diplomat) more…